Millwood for Thursday, Tillman to Norfolk
Orioles pitcher Kevin Millwood is expected to be activated from the disabled list and start on Thursday against the Twins, interim manager Juan Samuel confirmed Tuesday afternoon.
In order to make room for Millwood in the rotation, Baltimore optioned right-hander Chris Tillman to Triple-A Norfolk. With Millwood not officially activated, the Orioles could call up someone to fill the open spot. They could add an extra arm or two in the next few days (Michael Gonzalez would be one) and also could open up another roster spot by optioning back rookie infielder Josh Bell.
Millwood has been on the disabled list since July 6 with a strained right forearm. The right-hander has endured a tough season and had a 10.20 ERA in his previous seven starts before going on the disabled list. Millwood’s return will push back the rest of the Orioles rotation by a day, pitting Jeremy Guthrie as Friday night’s starter.